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Drs. Derek Haley, Lena Levison and Todd Duffield (l-r) co-ordinate the dairy cattle rotation for Ontario Veterinary College. (Photo courtesy University of Guelph)

New OVC vet rotation focuses on dairy animal welfare

The Ontario Veterinary College has added a dairy animal welfare rotation to its fourth-year curriculum, as part of an increased focus on animal well-being. The rotation is offered through the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph, where research has been conducted on animal welfare for 25 years. Montreal-based […] Read more

Preg checking: Which method is right for your farm?

Preg checking: Which method is right for your farm?

There are three methods to choose from, and each of them have pros and cons — as well as different costs

Reading Time: 3 minutes With cattle prices falling, it could pay to preg check your cows this fall — but which method should you choose? “The method that best suits your situation will really depend on the management of your herd, your geographic location, potentially even the year,” said Dr. Jessica Gordon, an assistant professor at the Ontario Veterinary […] Read more

Three Albertans mentoring new researchers

Reading Time: 2 minutes A trio of Albertans is among the mentors in the 2016-17 edition of the Beef Researcher Mentorship program. The program pairs researchers with cattle producers and beef leaders so the academics can better understand “the needs of the beef industry in practical and meaningful ways,” said the Beef Cattle Research Council. Participants also receive a […] Read more

The economics of pregnancy testing

Webinar starts on Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Beef Cattle Research Council is hosting a webinar on the economics of preg checking on Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. The webinar will also look at whether it is more profitable for your operation to cull cows in the fall or spring. The speakers will be Brenna Grant (manager at Canfax Research Services), Dr. Jessica […] Read more

Farmer sitting in tractor wheel with wheat in hands

Farmers wanted for landmark survey on stress

Online survey available until Jan. 18, 2016

Reading Time: < 1 minute A researcher with the Ontario Veterinary College is looking for additional participants for a survey on farmer stress. About 700 farmers have filled out the online Producer Stress and Resilience survey, but lead researcher Andria Jones-Bitton is hoping to get 1,000 responses. This study, the first of its kind in Canada, is intended to chart […] Read more